Arsenal and Spurs target Adrian Lopez happy at Atletico Madrid
The 24-year-old is one of the hottest properties in Europe at the moment after winning the Golden Boot as Spain triumphed in the the Under-21 European Championship’s last summer.
He struck 18 times in his debut season for Atletico, after joining from Deportivo La Coruna last year, and that goalscoring prowess secured a place in La Roja’s squad for the Olympic Games in London next month.
That has alerted North London rivals Arsenal and Spurs, who are both hoping to bolster their respective strike forces ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
However, Adrian has played down reports that he is set to leave the Vicente Calderon and is instead concentrating on representing his country at the Olympics.
“I’m very happy at Atletico and, as far as I know, the only negotiations that are open with the club are regarding my contract renewal. I don’t know anything more about any other offers,” he was quoted as telling Europa Press.
“I have a contract with Atleti and I’ve got three more years here. Now I only want to think about the national team and it isn’t the moment to talk about rumours and things that come out in the papers.”
With Robin Van Persie set to depart the Emirates Stadium in the near future Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is on the lookout for striking reinforcements.
New Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas also wants to bring a new forward to White Hart Lane and is also said to hold a minor interest in Adrian with Emmanuel Adebayor his primary target.
Wenger is also interested in the Fernando Llorente but has been put off by his £28 million release clause.